Get to Know Swethaa Ballakrishnen!


  • Assistant Professor of Law, University of California-Irvine School of Law 
  • Affiliated Faculty, Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession

Number of years as LSA member: 11
Number of LSA Meetings Attended: 11
Collaborative Research Networks: CRN 19 Co-Founder – Legal Education
International Research Network: Co-Founder – Invisible Institutionalisms
LSA Committees and governance positions: Class of 2022 LSA Board of Trustees; CRN Coordinating Committee (2019-21)
Favorite Food: Tacos

Areas of Research:

  • Legal Profession
  • Globalization
  • Gender
  • Global Souths
  • Legal Organizations and Institutions
  • Law and Mobility
  • Stratification
  • Qualitative and Mixed Methods
  • Queer and Feminist Legal Theory

Top 3 Articles Published: 

Ballakrishnen, Swethaa S. “Just Like Global Firms: Unintended Gender Parity and Speculative Isomorphism in India’s Elite Professions.” Law & Society Review 53, no. 1 (2019): 108-140. 

2019 Law and Social Inquiry. A New Minority?: International J.D. students in U.S. Law Schools (with Carole Silver) Ballakrishnen, Swethaa, Priya Fielding-Singh, and Devon Magliozzi. “Intentional Invisibility: Professional Women and the Navigation of Workplace Constraints.” Sociological Perspectives 62, no. 1 (2019): 23-41.  (feat. in) Harvard Business Review   “Why Women Stay Out of the Spotlight At Work.”  (Aug 28, 2018) 

Media Appearances: Harvard Business Review – Step Into the Spotlight


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